Coronavirus: From Coachella to Disneyland, these events are affected – Los Angeles Times

Posted By on March 16, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, a new kind of cancel culture is taking hold in the entertainment industry. And it is growing.

In recent weeks, movie releases, film festivals, concerts and other entertainment events involving crowds and international travel have taken a hit from the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory illness.

The venerable South by Southwest multimedia conference in Austin, Texas, has been canceled. And next months Coachella and Stagecoach festivals have been rescheduled until the fall.

Even Disneyland, which has closed on only three previous occasions in history the Northridge quake, 9/11 and the national day of mourning after the JFK assassination announced March 12 that it would be shutting down through the end of the month, starting March 14.

From the next James Bond film and St. Patricks Day parades to the Louvre museum and BTS concerts, heres a rundown of whats been affected by the coronavirus around the world.

This list which includes events, movies, music, theater, books, opera, theme parks, museums and dance is being updated regularly as more events are affected.

A scene from 2012s Coachella. This years festival has been postponed until October.

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Following weeks of speculation, promoter Goldenvoice announced March 10 that two of its marquee annual festivals, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach, would shift from April to October. Both events take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, Goldenvoices statement read, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns.

SXSW, which was set to take place March 16-22 in Austin, as canceled March 6. In an afternoon press conference, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he had declared a local disaster and together with that I have issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest this year. Major participants including the Concord record label group, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Apple, Netflix and Amazon had already pulled out before the cancellation.

E3 2020, a.k.a. the Electronic Entertainment Expo, was canceled on March 11. The conference, which would have run June 9-11 at the L.A. Convention Center, is the top trade event for the video-game industry and has had tickets available to the public since 2017.

WonderCon Anaheim 2020 has been postponed from April 10-12 to an as-yet-undecided future date. Refunds will be forthcoming. No decision has been made regarding 2020 Comic-Con International: San Diego, scheduled for July 23-26, but organizers said they were working with officials to monitor the situation. DC, the home of Wonder Woman and Batman, had already announced it would not send staffers to comics conventions in March and would assess future attendance case by case.

Acting out of what it called an abundance of caution, Boston on March 9 shelved its famed St. Patricks Day Parade, which was set for March 15 and which last year drew more than 1 million people. On March 11, Chicago called off its popular parade just days before its planned March 14 date, as did Pittsburgh before its March 15 event and Cleveland before its March 17 event. The New York City St. Patricks Day parade, which has been held every year since 1762, was finally canceled the afternoon of March 11. The parade features about 150,000 participants and draws about 2 million spectators.

Those decisions follow similar announcements about the cancellation of all St. Patricks parades and festivals in Ireland and the Belfast St. Patricks parade in Northern Ireland.

The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, previously set for May, will be moved to the fall. Dates have yet to be announced.

RuPauls DragCon L.A. 2020, a celebration of drag, queer culture and self-expression that was set for May 1-3, has been canceled. The event will return in 2021, organizers said, and refunds will be issued.

Cinemacon 2020, the movie industrys annual trade show, has been canceled. It was to be held March 30-April 2 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The 2020 NAB Show, organized by the National Assn. of Broadcasters and set for April, is not moving forward. The content-focused event typically draws 100,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

San Franciscos 2020 Game Developers Conference, a professional gathering for interactive industry members set for March 16-20, has been postponed after multiple participants pulled out. Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Facebook Gaming, Unity, Amazon and Activision Blizzard were among the top gaming companies that canceled.

HISTORYCon, a three-day immersive look at American history featuring historians, authors and talent from various History Channel shows, has been postponed. The new date for the Pasadena event, which was scheduled for April 3-5, is yet to be determined.

MIPTV 2020, a March 30-April 2 global content conference in Cannes, France, has been canceled. Related events that were scheduled to take place March 28-29 also have been nixed.

Saudi Arabias inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has been postponed indefinitely. The event was scheduled to run March 12-21.

The 10th Beijing International Film Festival, originally scheduled for late April, has been postponed indefinitely. Organizers in Beijing said March 6 that new festival dates would be announced as soon as possible.

The Prague International Film Festival, a.k.a. Febiofest, has been postponed indefinitely, organizers said March 10. It had been set for March 19-27. The government in the Czech Republic has banned gatherings of 100-plus people.

Venices famed Carnival, which had been set to run Feb. 8-25, ended prematurely on Feb. 19.

FILMART 2020, the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, now will be held Aug. 27-29 instead of the originally scheduled stretch in late March. It is the most significant film market in Asia.

With COVID-19 hitting hard in Washington state, Emerald City Comic Con organizers decided March 6 to move the March 12-15 event to the summer. Refunds will be issued and details about the rescheduled Seattle event are forthcoming.

The AFI Tribute to Julie Andrews, set for April 25, has been postponed until early summer, with a date to be announced later, the American Film Institute announced March 7. The air date on TNT will be rescheduled as well.

Spains 23rd Malaga Festival, the biggest festival dedicated to Spanish and Latin American film and TV, has been postponed from its planned March 13-22 dates. No new dates have been floated yet. Berlin has closed all state-run theaters, operas and concert halls from March 11 through April 19.

The Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will not be held as planned March 13-15. Organizers say ticket purchases will be refunded.

Pasadena Heritage has postponed March events, including its Spring Home Tour. It hopes to announce new dates in the coming weeks.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die.

(MGM / YouTube)

To allow for social distancing, AMC Theatres, the nations largest movie theater chain, will reduce seating capacity at its auditoriums by 50% starting March 14 and continuing until April 30.

Universal will delay the release of F9, the latest film in the Fast and the Furious franchise, by nearly a year. Itll now hit theaters on April 2, 2021, instead of May 22.

The Disney/Fox/Searchlight release calendar is clear for March and April: Mulan, The New Mutants and Antlers have been postponed. No word yet on Black Widow, which is due out May 1.

The forthcoming release of No Time to Die, Daniel Craigs final film in the James Bond franchise, has been postponed until November, according to MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The movie, previously slated to debut in the U.S. on April 10, now will hit theaters Nov. 25.

China releases for Paramounts Sonic the Hedgehog, Universals 1917, Searchlights Jojo Rabbit and Universals Dolittle have been postponed indefinitely. Should precautions related to the outbreak persist, forthcoming titles including Pixars Onward and Sony Pictures Bloodshot could also be at risk.

Sony on March 10 postponed the release of Peter Rabbit 2" until Aug. 7 in the U.S. and U.K. It had been set to premiere March 27 in the U.K. and Europe and April 3 in the U.S.

Production on Paramounts latest Mission: Impossible project has been delayed. The action flick, starring Tom Cruise, was set to film on location in Italy, which has seen one of the largest outbreaks of coronavirus outside Asia. The seventh film in the franchise is scheduled to hit theaters in July 2021.

The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival was canceled March 12. Those who bought passes to the event, which was planned for April 16-19, can expect a full refund within 10 to 15 days. The festival will return next year.

American Cinematheque has canceled all programming at the Aero and Egyptian theaters as of March 13 until further notice.

The 19th Tribeca Film Festival, which was set for April 15-26 in New York City, has been postponed, organizers said March 12. While no further details were given, updates were promised at

Almost all movie theaters in mainland China accounting for 70,000 screens have been shuttered.

Italy on March 4 closed all theaters and cinema where a one-meter distance requirement between patrons cannot be accommodated. Iran and the Czech Republic also have full cinema shutdowns. Movie theaters in Poland were closed on March 11.

Lebanon and Kuwait have also closed theaters, among other measures. Individual states in India have been closing cinemas since March 10, while Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and northern France have partial closures.

Major movie studios in China, including Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis and Hengdian World Studios, have shut down operations. The Chinese government has put an indefinite halt on all film production in the country.

Thtre Raymond Kabbaz in L.A. has canceled the 11th year of A Week of French-Language Cinema in Los Angeles, which was scheduled to happen March 18-22.

The 14th the Method Independent Film Festival has postponed its dates until late spring. It was scheduled for March 20-26 at the Fine Arts Theatre and the Lumiere Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has postponed its event (April 1-5) to a later, undetermined date this year.

The Alex Theatre in Glendale has canceled events through April 5, including the Alex Film Society screening of The Night of the Hunter on March 19.

BTS performs at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The L.A. Philharmonic announced March 12 that it would cancel all events at Walt Disney Concert Hall through March 31, in compliance with a state Department of Public Health directive limiting public gatherings.

BTS, Green Day, Khalid, New Order, Pentatonix, Stormzy, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Louis Tomlinson, a-ha, Santana, Madonna and Testament are among the many music acts that have called off or postponed tour dates and performances. Pussy Riot canceled its March 12 show in Santa Ana at the last minute, saying it hoped to reschedule for the fall.

Billie Eilish with great sadness postponed 11 concerts between March 13 and March 28, none of them in the Los Angeles area.

Saying on Twitter on March 10 that they have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead, Pearl Jam indefinitely postponed the North American leg of its Gigaton tour, which had included two mid-April dates at the Forum in Inglewood. Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone.

Carnegie Hall in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., have canceled all events through March 31.

After the late pullout by Miley Cyrus on March 9, the World Tour Bushfire Relief benefit concert in Melbourne, Australia, was canceled. Lil Nas X, pop duo the Veronicas and DJ Seb Fontaine also were on the bill for the show, which was to have been March 13.

The 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, an event that happens every four years and was set this year for March 13-22, was canceled Tuesday by host USC.

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County canceled a Shanghai Chinese Orchestra concert in Costa Mesa last month, despite all of the musicians being in good health. A Chinese New Year celebration was scheduled to take place Feb. 5 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The 18th Korea Times Music Festival, set to take place at the Hollywood Bowl on April 25, has been postponed due to current travel restrictions in Asia, organizers said. Ticket refunds are available.

The Ultra Music Festival, a massive Miami-based electronic music event, has been pushed back. The three-day concert, which draws 165,000 fans from across the globe, likely will be moved from this March to 2021.

Boston Court Pasadena has canceled a March 28 concert by jazz pianist Josh Nelson and hopes to eventually reschedule it.

The Tomorrowland Winter 2020 electronic-music festival, set to run March 14-21 at a ski resort in the French Alps, has been canceled by organizers after the French government banned all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people. Tomorrowland Summer 2020 in Belgium was still on the schedule for July.

Singer Ciara, who is pregnant, canceled a March 19 hometown concert set to open the Fort Hood USO in Killeen, Texas. The USOs grand opening will now be held this summer. My doctors have advised me to limit travel and large group gatherings, she said in a statement.

Bret Michaels, who has Type 1 diabetes, canceled March 13-14 gigs on the 80s Cruise, citing his higher risk of contracting the disease as well as problems with having enough insulin and other supplies on hand if he were to be quarantined on the ship.

The San Francisco Symphony canceled concerts through March 17 after San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed announced March 6 that the War Memorial Performing Arts Center venues would be closed for a two-week test period in an effort to slow spread of COVID-19. The symphonys home, Davies Symphony Hall, is among the venues affected.

The Colburn School of music and dance in Downtown L.A. has suspended all in-person instruction, performances and events until April 13.

Pasadena Symphony and Pops has rescheduled its March 21 Mozart & McGegan concert to May 23. Tickets will be valid for the later show. Its April 18 performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 is currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

Full Frontal host Samantha Bee.

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Major late-night TV chat shows that tape in New York City that includes The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show will suspend taping with studio audiences starting March 16, the networks said March 11 in a coordinated announcement. TBS Full Frontal With Samantha Bee axed its studio audience starting March 11, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will follow suit March 15. The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers, which had joined in that no-audience announcement, now say they will suspend production from March 13 through their previously planned hiatus the week of March 23.

L.A.-based shows Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Talk and The Ellen DeGeneres Show announced March 12 that they would be going sans live audiences starting March 16.

ABCs The View, Live With Kelly and Ryan, Good Morning America, Strahan, Sara and Keke and Tamron Hall also entered the audience-free zone on March 11.

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune announced plans March 10 to tape shows without a live studio audience. The move was made in part to protect host Alex Trebek, who has been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The Dr. Phil Show will tape without an audience for about two weeks, inviting audiences back March 23. Wendy Williams is also planning to tape her talk show sans live studio audience until further notice.

The 33rd season of the Emmy-winning TV show The Amazing Race has ceased filming indefinitely, and all contestants and production staff are returning home, according to a statement from CBS. No new production date has been set for the popular reality travel competition.

With a crew of more than 400 that flies in from 20 countries, Survivor has postponed the start of Season 41 production to May from March 24. That in turn is likely to affect Season 42 production, scheduled to start on May 24. At this point, air dates for both seasons are not expected to change.

The 16th season of ABCs The Bachelorette, starring 38-year-old Clare Crawley, wont shoot overseas this time around. Production may not even leave L.A., host Chris Harrison said.

Comcasts FreeWheel and Fox News pulled out of their annual advertisers upfront presentations scheduled for March 12 and 24 in New York City. Fox Entertainment reportedly canceled program development presentations scheduled for New York, Chicago, Detroit and L.A. during the last week of March.

A+E Networks on March 9 announced that its upfronts planned for late March will be replaced by a virtual event set to begin March 23. Plans for 2021 on A&E, History and Lifetime will be presented. AMC Networks said March 9 that it will have individual conversations with advertisers in lieu of the upfront that had been set for March 18.

ViacomCBS and NBCUniversal have also nixed their upfront events and will stream their presentations instead.

Disney scrapped a two-day launch event for its new streaming platform, Disney+. The roll-out was set to take place on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the services March 24 European debut; it will be replaced by an executive press briefing via webcast.

Short-form streaming platform Quibi, which launches April 6, has canceled plans for an April 5 red-carpet launch event.

Netflix will pause production in the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks on all scripted TV and films. Productions that will be affected include Stranger Things and Grace and Frankie, as well as the upcoming action film Red Notice, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

Universal Studios Japan is closed because of the coronavirus.

(Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press)

Disneyland Resort on March 12 announced the closure of Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, effective March 14 through the end of the month. Downtown Disney, however, will remain open. Disney hotels will stay open through March 16 to allow guests time to make travel plans. Cast members thats Disney-speak for employees will get paid during the shutdown.

Universal Studios Hollywood will close temporarily starting March 14 and said it anticipates reopening March 28. Universal CityWalk will remain open.

Knotts Berry Farm is shutting down from March 14 through the end of the month. Hotels will stay open.

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will close until further notice at the end of the day March 15. The Disney Springs retail and dining complex in Orlando and Disney Village in Paris will remain open, along with the parks hotels.

Universal Orlando Resort in Florida will temporarily shut down at the close of business March 15. Universal Orlandos hotels and the Universal CityWalk there will remain open.

Universal Studios Japan has closed from Feb. 29 through early April, with the reopening date subject to change depending on the coronavirus situation.

Disneys themed resorts in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo have been shuttered until at least March 15. In a recent earnings call, the Mouse House estimated the closures would result in a roughly $175-million hit to operating income in its second fiscal quarter, should the parks remain shut for two months. On March 9, some restaurants and shops reopened at Shanghai Disneyland. On March 10, Tokyo Disneyland extended its closure into early April.

Center Theatre Group is shutting down all three of its venues, canceling performances of The Book of Mormon at the Ahmanson Theatre and The Antipodes at the Mark Taper Forum, both in downtown L.A.; and Block Party performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The group is contacting ticket holders by email.

Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre is suspended through March 31, effective immediately. Tickets will be refunded.

All performances on Broadway have been shut down through April 12, effective immediately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced March 12. Thats in line with a state ban on gatherings of more than 500 people that will go into effect on March 13.

South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa has canceled all performances of Outside Mullingar, starting March 13, but is working to make the show available online. The theater is moving its March 16 announcement of the 2020-21 season to Facebook, and the March 16 NewSCRipts reading has been postponed until further notice. SCR Theatre Conservatory classes are continuing.

Through the end of March, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is canceling performances of A Bronx Tale, Beep, Rock, Paper, Scissors, !DAMAS!, Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical, Dancing With the Stars Live! Broadway Legends: An All-Star Tribute to Harold Prince and the Ccile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl Trio. All free events in the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza are nixed through March 31, as are classes at the Centers American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School and School of Dance and Music for Children With Disabilities.

Performances of Cirque du Soleils Volta in Costa Mesa are canceled. Shows were scheduled for March 18-April 19 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center.

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